At the 2012 Left Forum, Amiri Baraka participated in a panel on the late Dr. Manning Marable's book on Malcolm X's life and legacy. He challenges the book's depiction of Malcolm X and discusses his influence on the revolutionary spirit of the Black Liberation Movement. He also gives his thoughts on the meaning of "confronting global capitalism," the theme of the 2012 Left Forum.

Amiri Baraka is a political activist, theorist, poet, playwright, and music critic. He has been politically active since the 1960s, taught classes and lectured at many universities, and written volumes of poetry, criticism, and theory.

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